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A Case Study for the Provision of Online SQA ESOL Qualifications

A CASE STUDY FOR THE PROVISION OF ONLINE SQA ESOL QUALIFICATIONS

 

A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LEARNDIRECT AND KLIK2LEARN

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INTRODUCTION

The case study which follows describes a pilot project undertaken between 4th January 2016 and 1st April 2016. The parties involved were Klik2learn, an Approved SQA Centre and specialist provider of online ESOL content and Learndirect. The rationale for the case study was to test the capacity of Klik2learn to fast track learners through an SQA National 4 (Level B1) ESOL qualification.  A range of students was provided through BEMIS, Glasgow, and the Glasgow ESOL Forum. They consisted of Arabic, Polish and Yoruba speakers from a variety of backgrounds: refugees, modern apprentices, housewives and those in full time employment.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Klik2learn developed the first SQA endorsed fully digital course for learners of English. Learndirect entered into a partnership with Klik2learn in 2015 to deliver ESOL qualifications using a digital model of delivery. The online course consists of two Units, each with 5 modules covering the SQA syllabus for English for Everyday Use and English for Work and Study. Each Unit is a stand –alone qualification requiring 40 hours of study.

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Learners accessed the content at home, or in a library with a basic computer and internet connection. From July 2016, content will also be accessible on smartphones and tablets. The course contains over 280 interactive activities all of which can be completed in a maximum of 30 minutes.

To support the learner, the course includes an online dictionary, grammar guide, notebook for writing, voice recorder for speaking and forum and all activities provide instant feedback and answers.

Tutor support and assessment was provided face -to -face at Learndirect centres as required and tutors also supported students through the notebook and voice recorder. Learners were assessed at the beginning of the course to ensure they were at the right level.

 

FINDINGS

Several important findings emerged from the study:

  1. Students often experienced difficulty with accessing a suitable device. As a consequence Klik2learn is introducing the option of a low cost android tablet as part of the package. This can if necessary be pre-loaded to avoid problems with internet connectivity.
  2. Students need to be self – motivated to complete the necessary hours of learning. Some students require a higher level of tutor monitoring to keep them on track. This can be achieved by regular tutor and peer –to-peer contact through the Forum. The Klik2learn system monitors all student activity and tutors can easily see how their students are performing.  Weekly checks and tutor encouragement will help to keep students on target.

After the initial assessment, students will now be given two further assessment dates in advance for half day assessment sessions when they have reached the required standard.

  1. Students were not always familiar with online learning. The initial meeting ensured that all students could login successfully and navigate around the course. The course has been subjected to rigorous testing and SQA approval to ensure that it works as intuitively as possible. Students are now given a Student Guide which explains how the course and assessment work and suggests minimum time allocations. It also requires them to sign a Code of Conduct, explains company policies and gathers the necessary information for SQA registration.
  2. Students appreciated the basic concept of the journey round the UK which enabled them, through additional material, to gain insights into Life in the UK.
  3. After 3 months of study, all students who were assessed as potential National 4 candidates, passed the assessments at first sitting. One student, assessed at a lower level, passed National 2.

 

CONCLUSIONS

  • Trials prior to and including the current case study have proven the success of the interactive digital content to engage students and improve all four language skills.
  • The use of audio options throughout allows students to improve listening and speaking skills as well as reading and writing.
  • Understanding of English grammar improved as a result of the systematic teaching and explanations throughout the course.
  • The flexibility of access was greatly appreciated by students who had work and family commitments or who were unable to obtain a place at a centre.
  • The main conclusion is the potential of the Klik2learn/Learndirect partnership to offer learners the chance to achieve a qualification in several months as opposed to an academic year of part- time study at a centre or college.

 

APPENDICES

The following responses are from students who have used the Klik2learn digital course:

 

  • Current Learndirect student

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Ibrahim Baroudy <brhoom2000x@gmail.com>
Date: 7 April 2016 at 17:49
Subject:
To: Ann Attridge <info@klik2learn.com>

Hello madeam ANN Im so happy with klik2learn I need more opportunity with it IM always use the PC in public library it,s ok THANKS

 

  • Pilot conducted at Borders College January- March 2015

 

‘It made me feel very interested on it, keep me busy. I’ve liked it very much.’

‘The characters are a good guide to learn. They are very colourful and nice. I liked it when they chose different towns to travel. I’ve learned quite a lot about the UK with them. It makes it more fun – like a game.’

‘I’ve enjoyed it a lot. I think it will be nice and helpful to the students so it is important to make a good promotion of it. Congratulations!’

‘I found a few words that I didn’t understand but the dictionary was very helpful.’

The games about travelling in Britain was very good.’

‘I liked the pronunciation activities and the one where you describe your personality from your handwriting.’

‘There was an activity about the whole mobile culture. I really liked that because I learned a lot of words I didn’t know.’

‘I liked building sentences and finding the difference between formal and informal language.’

 

  1.  Interview with HNC student from Orkney College: June 2015

 

  • Please tell us a bit about the course you’re doing and why you decided to choose that subject…

 

Level B1 ESOL from Klik2learn. I have done the ESOL materials trial because it helps me to remember more words and to look for grammar to make my English more correct. I chose it because I want to work as a carer but have had no experience and this course gave me the chance to improve my English knowledge and take a course to be a carer at the same time.

 

  • What advantages does an online course have compared to a classroom- based course?

 

The advantage is that I have access at any time so I can have my supper and have a cup of tea and learn at home afterwards.  It is good for busy people like me when I have children, shift work and course work and I can’t always be in college at the same time every week.  I have a laptop and internet at home so I don’t need to come in to college to access the material. I can access them at home.

 

  • How hard is it to motivate yourself to work when you can dictate your own timetable?

 

Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes not. It depends how busy I am that week.  It was very difficult when I had a NAB (assessment) to prepare for.  It depends for the individual.  If you want to learn you will have time but if you don’t you will never have time.

 

  • Is contact with a tutor important or could you learn just by yourself?

 

It is important to have a contact with a tutor because sometimes I needed to write things but the computer cannot check what I write.  There were things that it would be good to give it to a tutor to check and if I’m unsure about how to do something.  If I don’t know why I need to do something there is no-one at home to ask so I would need a tutor.

 

  • What’s the best part of the course? And why?

 

The best part is that there is no time pressure so there are bits that I have done very fast and other bits I have done a few times to make them correct.  I could listen again until I catch the main points.

The repeating at the beginning when introducing hard words – there was a suggestion to check the dictionary and the examples that followed and filling in the blanks was useful.  Repeated practice was good. It makes it easier to recognise the word.  Examples and exercises helped with difficult words. Families of words like may, might, would, could, need etc are difficult to use in context and the practice was good.

 

  • How much time per week do you spend studying the course?

 

Approximately three hours per week

 

  • What have you learnt since doing your course that you didn’t know before?

 

I needed to build the sentences and this really helped my understanding of a correct sentence.  I find the structure of sentence difficult and this has improved my sentences.  I now have fewer mistakes in the writing I show my tutor.  

 

  • If you could get a complete ESOL qualification online using this course, would you be interested?

 

Yes, definitely. The materials are helpful for me. It is user friendly and is enjoyable.  The short and longer exercises give me a choice of what to do according to the time I have and according to how tired or busy I am.  I am using it in preparation for doing a full time HNC course in care next year.  It also helps with my son’s homework because I can check the things I don’t know.

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Ann Attridge M.A(Hons), M.Litt, M.Ed, LTCL, PGDE

 

Ann Attridge Founding Director Klik2learn, is a Chartered Teacher with degrees in English, French, and Educational Management. She has over 20 years in education including the secondary, further and tertiary sectors. Nine years in ESOL teaching led to an M.Litt research  degree in Applied Linguistics. In 2010 Ann was awarded A Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship to set up Klik2learn.

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Robert Rennie

 

Robert Rennie Technical Adviser to Klik2learn, has been leading teams, managing software projects and developing innovative solutions for over 20 years and has been a director of several companies ranging in size from 2 to 220 staff. He has worked at a senior level in Learning & Teaching Scotland and the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies. Robert provides technical consultancy and software development services to Klik2learn.

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Mark Haldane BA (Hons), MSc

 

With a background in animation and design, Mark Haldane has a love for visual storytelling. Mark utilises his skills to design and build visual, interactive learning tools within Klik2learn with an eye to making them fun, effective and most importantly, engaging. 

Mark has a great deal of experience in digital media and visual communication. As a freelance artist he has worked with a range of companies and clients to produce visual content, from static imagery to animation to fully-interactive media, and has developed a varied and extensive skill set to draw from.

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